“Jesus on Trial,” the new book by conservative author and lawyer David Limbaugh, just took the #1 spot on Amazon, but is nowhere to be found on the New York Times best-seller list.
The Washington Examiner reported Thursday that Limbaugh’s book was omitted from the print hardcover best-seller list “despite having sold more copies than 17 of the other books.”
Among the 20 print hardcovers on the list was one which sold only 1,570 copies. In comparison, “Jesus on Trial” sold nearly 10,000 during its first week in stores, according to the Examiner.
The noticeable absence of Limbaugh’s new book comes just months after the New York Times was criticized for excluding “America: Imagine a World Without Her” by conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, from their best-seller list.
“It’s their newspaper, and they have a right to rig their list anyway they want, but if they are doing it, people should know,” D’Souza told the Examiner in June.
Nonetheless, D’Souza’s “America” now joins other conservative books such as Dr. Ben Carson’s “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future” and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s “Happy, Happy, Happy” on the Times’ list of bestsellers.
In “Jesus on Trial,” Limbaugh, who also penned the best-seller “Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity,” uses his legal background to creatively dissect and defend the Canonical gospels. By introducing evidence and asking challenging questions, Limbaugh strives to prove the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Danielle Rhoades Ha, director of communications for the New York Times, responded to The Daily Signal’s inquiry with the link to a detailed description of the methodology used to determine the Times’ best-seller list — the first sentence of which states that “rankings reflect sales reported by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles.”